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‘Worm moon’: Third, last supermoon of 2019 lights up night sky

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By MB Online

The third and last supermoon of the year called “worm moon’ is expected to make the night sky extra brighter starting tonight.

The last supermoon of 2019 showed its bright light above Consolacion, Cebu. (JUAN CARLO DE VELA / MANILA BULLETIN)

The last supermoon of 2019 showed its bright light above Consolacion, Cebu. (JUAN CARLO DE VELA / MANILA BULLETIN)

According to NASA, the phenomenon occurs when the moon is “full or nearly full and when it is at its closest point to the Earth” or perigee along its slightly elliptical orbit.

2019 witnessed three supermoons namely the “super blood wolf moon” in January during a rare total lunar eclipse and the “super snow moon” in February, which is the largest and brightest supermoon.

According to CNET, the March supermoon will be known as the “super worm equinox moon” as the moon happened to wax full on the same evening of a Wednesday equinox.

March equinox marks the beginning of spring for the northern hemisphere. It is also called “worm moon” because the spring season brings the warmer temperature to which more worms appear.

PAGASA said the phenomenon will be seen clearly as the weather is expected to be fair.

Viewers can enjoy the night sky as the supermoon will reach full phase on Wednesday, March 21, at 9:43 a.m., Manila time.

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